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API Reference Overview


ZITADEL provides five APIs for different use cases. Four of these APIs are built with GRPC and generate a REST service. Each service's proto definition is located in the source control on GitHub. As we generate the REST services and Swagger file out of the proto definition we recommend that you rely on the proto file. We annotate the corresponding REST methods on each possible call as well as the AuthN and AuthZ requirements. The last API (assets) is only a REST API because ZITADEL uses multipart form data for certain elements.


All of our APIs are generated by proto definitions. You can find all the proto definitions in the Proto API Definitions.

More about Protocol Buffer

Swagger Documentation

We provide some json files for the swagger documentation of our APIs with the following link:

The easiest way to have a look at them is, to import them in the Swagger Editor


The authentication API (aka Auth API) is used for all operations on the currently logged in user. The user id is taken from the sub claim in the token.


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/zitadel.auth.v1.AuthService/

Definition: Auth Proto


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/auth/v1/

API Reference: OpenAPI Docs


The management API is as the name states the interface where systems can mutate IAM objects like, organizations, projects, clients, users and so on if they have the necessary access rights. To identify the current organization you can send a header x-zitadel-orgid or if no header is set, the organization of the authenticated user is set.



Definition: Management Proto


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/management/v1/

API Reference: OpenAPI Docs


This API is intended to configure and manage one ZITADEL instance itself.


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/zitadel.admin.v1.AdminService/

Definition: Admin Proto


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/admin/v1/

API Reference: OpenAPI Docs


This API is intended to manage the different ZITADEL instances within the system.

Checkout the guide how to access the ZITADEL System API.


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/zitadel.system.v1.SystemService/

Definition: System Proto


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/system/v1/

API Reference: OpenAPI Docs


The Assets API allows you to up- and download all kinds of assets. This can be files such as logos, fonts or user avatar.


Endpoint: $ZITADEL_DOMAIN/assets/v1/

Definition: Assets


See below for an example with the call GetMyUser.

rpc GetMyUser(google.protobuf.Empty) returns (UserView) {
option (google.api.http) = {
get: "/users/me"

option (zitadel.v1.auth_option) = {
permission: "authenticated"

As you can see the GetMyUser function is also available as a REST service under the path /users/me.

In the table below you can see the URI of those calls.



ZITADEL hosts everything under a single domain: {instance} or your custom domain $ZITADEL_DOMAIN


Changes from ZITADEL V1: Be aware that issuer, api, accounts and console domains do not exist anymore.

The domain is used as the OIDC issuer and as the base url for the gRPC and REST APIs, the Login and Console UI, which you'll find under {your_domain}/ui/console/.

ZITADEL Path Prefixes

If you run ZITADEL on a custom domain, you may want to reuse that domain for other applications. For easy copying to your reverse proxy configuration, here is the list of URL path prefixes, ZITADEL uses.